The idea that you should serve yourself before you serve others is fundamental principle in many different fields and disciplines.
“Serve yourself” is embodied in many different sayings and processes, like “you can’t pour from an empty cup” or “put on your own oxygen mask before helping others.” At its core, this principle emphasizes the importance of taking care of your own needs and well-being before trying to help others.
One reason for this is that if you neglect your own needs, you will quickly become overwhelmed and exhausted, which will make it difficult or even impossible for you to be of service to others.
For example, a doctor who is sleep-deprived and stressed out is unlikely to be able to provide the same level of care to their patients as a doctor who is well-rested and calm. Similarly, a teacher who is burnt out and struggling with their own personal issues will be less able to engage with and support their students.
Another reason why we believe it’s important to serve yourself first is that it allows you to be a more authentic and effective helper. When you take care of your own needs, you are better able to be present and fully engaged in the moment, which allows you to connect more deeply with others and to be more responsive to their needs.
When you’re well taken care of, you will be able to bring a more positive and empowering energy to the interactions you have with others, which can help to inspire them and to lift them up, be it family, friends or community.
Serving yourself first allows you to be more resilient and adaptable. When you’re aware of your own triggers and stressors, you can take steps to manage them and maintain a sense of balance. On this gentle and humbling path, you can be more responsive to the needs of others, and remain grounded in chaotic situations.
Serving yourself before serving others is a crucial principle for anyone who wishes to be of service to others.
So what are you waiting for? Oh… and if you happen to visit Whistle, feel free to serve yourself a drink 🙂